Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In separate incidents, IDF troops on the Gaza border e. of al-Bureij r.c. and e. of Khuza‘a fire warning shots at Palestinian farmers approaching the border fence, causing damage but no injuries. Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion across the border fence e. of Gaza City. Separately, IDF troops dismantle an explosive planted nr. the border fence in n. Gaza. In the West Bank, Israeli forces demolish a number of structures in the n. Jordan Valley; cut down 150 olive trees nr. Hebron and 300 in a village nr. Nablus. Activists try to rebuild the “Gate of Jerusalem” protest tent camp in Abu Dis, but IDF troops raid the site, confiscate their tents, and violently disperse the activists; 6 Palestinians and 1 Israeli are detained. IDF troops violently disperse Palestinian activists demonstrating against the occupation in Jalazun r.c. nr. Ramallah, injuring 4 with live ammunition and 5 with rubber-coated metal bullets. (One of the injured Palestinians will die from his wounds on 3/25.) The IDF conducts house searches and raids in 3 villages nr. Hebron, 1 nr. Ramallah, and Jenin r.c., arresting 11 Palestinians; patrols in 2 villages nr. Tulkarm, and 1 each nr. Qalqilya and Jenin. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers with the support of Israeli forces, move into a Palestinian-owned building and 2 plots of land in Silwan, sparking clashes with stone-throwing residents of the neighborhood. (MNA, TOI, WAFA, YA 3/18; MNA, PCHR, TOI 3/19; HA 3/20; PCHR 3/26)

U.S. Energy Secy. Ernest Moniz and Iranian atomic energy chief Salehi meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, for a 3d day of bilateral negotiations on technical details relating to Iran’s nuclear program. (TOI 3/18)